"If you love me keep my commandments":religiosity increases preference for rule-based moral arguments

Piazza, Jared (2012) "If you love me keep my commandments":religiosity increases preference for rule-based moral arguments. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 22 (4). pp. 285-302. ISSN 1050-8619

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Abstract

Two experiments demonstrated that religiosity affects the way people resolve moral dilemmas. Participants were presented a series of immoral actions and were asked to justify the wrongness of the action by appealing to either the violation of a rule (rule-based argument) or the negative consequences resulting from the action (outcome-based argument). In Study 1, it was shown both among British and American samples that religious individuals preferred rule-based moral arguments to consequentialist moral arguments more than nonreligious individuals, and covariance with political conservatism did not account for this effect. Study 2 replicated these results with revisions to the materials and extended measures. In this study, dimensions of religiosity—particularly Christian Orthodoxy—predicted rule-based morality independent of a personal need for structure, need for cognition, and right-wing authoritarianism. These results imply that religious individuals who are committed to orthodox religious teaching display a deontological style of morality for reasons that extend beyond a need for structure, cognitive simplicity, or submission to authority.

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Journal Article
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International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
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71083
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02 Oct 2014 15:49
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Yes
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Published
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